It’s funny how thinking about doing something hard can zap SO much more of your energy than actually doing it. These last few days I have been surprising myself how much I can get done if I just start, rather than finding reasons to put it off. And then I get all chuffed because I’ve gotten it done, and then I feel energized and get more stuff done. Its a lovely little cycle.
There’s a saying ‘Eat the frog first’. It’s to do with a Mark Twain quote, but the idea is that the “frog” is your biggest/hardest/most important task, the one you are most likely to procrastinate on. You get it done first, and then everything else is easy. Several times lately I have found that if I just make myself start, then I get a little bit of momentum and before I know it, it’s done. And what a great feeling that is.
I’m one of those people that gets a massive kick out of crossing a task off a list. Sometimes I’ll write something on a list just so that I can cross it off. It makes me feel good but it doesn’t really get my anywhere in terms of productivity. In fact it gives me an excuse to push back the bigger stuff, the frogs!
My mum is a rockstar when it comes to productivity. She has always said to me ‘Let’s just do it now, it’ll be done then’. Well, yeah, very true Mum. Of course she’s right. I love her positivity and energy and she is one of the major reasons that I am driven and quite motivated. If you surround yourself with people who inspire you and build you up, then you can’t help but get caught up in their energy, can you?
Something else I use to help keep me motivated, is practising gratitude. If I am thinking to myself ‘Urgh I cant be bothered exercising today’, I try to stop myself and think of how lucky I am that I am well and able to get up and move around pain free. That I live in a beautiful neighbourhood where I can safely walk around the streets and enjoy the sunshine with my child. If I am thinking to myself ‘Oh god look at all the dishes, why do I constantly have god damn dishes to wash’ then I try to remember that it’s because we have an abundance of good healthy food. I have electricity to keep the food cold, appliances to cook with and unlimited clean running water that comes out of a freakin tap. Wow, how lucky am I! Suddenly the walk or the dishes don’t seem so much like hard work. A bit of perspective can go a long way, hey.
So tell me, what do you do to help you keep positive and stay productive? What do you do when you’re feeling stuck and need some inspiration?